MSMSSA-Advanced Study and Source Analysis

Module Provider: Grad Cen for Medieval Studs
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: MSMLP Medieval Latin and Palaeography
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Anne Lawrence


Summary module description:

This module aims to provide an opportunity for postgraduate diploma students to advance their understanding of a particular field of study and research through identification and analysis of relevant sources and historiographical issues in their chosen field. Where appropriate, skills in the analysis of material evidence will be developed together with those dealing with textual sources.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students will be able to:

  • Locate, analyse and evaluate primary sources in an appropriate field
  • Display a critical understanding of relevant methodological issues
  • Develop analytical understandings of their chosen body of evidence
  • Demonstrate initiative and conceptual sophistication in the selection of appropriate material
  • Organize and present their material using proper scholarly method

Additional outcomes:
The module will also develop the student’s skills in the identification and use of relevant archives and research collections. Skills of time management and planning of appropriate visits will be developed, as also will be skills in online searching and bibliographical research.

Outline content:
A field of research is chosen by the student, with the guidance of Centre staff and of the Director, from themes offered by supervisors within the GCMS. As the topics offered are related to tutors’ own research, students are familiarised with up-to-date research methodologies as well as gaining a knowledge of textual and/or material evidence relevant to the specific research theme. Topics offered could include: manuscript illumination; medieval libraries; medieval sculpture; medieval epistolary networks

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Introductory orientation sessions will guide students in their choice of topic for research and development. Students will then carry out their own researches into both relevant evidence (which may be textual or material) and contextual/methodological reading. Students will design the structure of their research work and portfolio of evidence in consultation with their supervisor. Work in progress will be presented for discussion in tutorials. These will be complemented by practicals as necessary in order to build students’ skills in the handling of both primary and secondary sources.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 3 3 3
Practicals classes and workshops 2 2
Guided independent study 100 100 87
Total hours by term 105.00 105.00 90.00
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 67
Portfolio 33

Other information on summative assessment:
This module will be assessed by one evidence portfolio for 10 credits (content to be agreed by supervisor) and by a written analysis of 5,000 words for 20 credits.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission by 1 September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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